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Trumponomics: Is Post-Fordism on Reverse Gear?

Trumponomics: Is Post-Fordism on Reverse Gear?

US President Donald Trump has been speaking with hyperbole, over the last several months, that his ‘trade war’ with China, tough bargains with the European Union as well as the emerging economies (like India) would bring the ‘American glory’ back, besides generating more jobs in his country. More recently, Trump rolled out a red carpet to Apple Inc. and Ford[Read More…]

Bolstering Nepal-China Connectivity: Kathmandu goes beyond a Zero-sum Game in South Asia

Bolstering Nepal-China Connectivity: Kathmandu goes beyond a Zero-sum Game in South Asia

Nepal and China have made a significant step in bilateral relations by finalizing the text of the protocol to the proposed agreement that would help facilitate Nepal to use Chinese sea and land ports for third country trade. This has come as a sequel to the signing of the Transit and Transportation Agreement by Prime Minister K P Oli two[Read More…]

2+2 Dialogue = Withering Away of India’s ‘Strategic Autonomy’?

2+2 Dialogue = Withering Away of India’s ‘Strategic Autonomy’?

The outcome of the 2+2 Dialogue between the Foreign and Defence Ministers of India and the United States held in New Delhi is on expected lines. It is clear from the statements issued by the leaders of the two countries— jointly and in different contexts—that India has been incorporated into the US strategic games in the Indo-Pacific region with attendant[Read More…]

The Bay of Bengal Community in times of Natural Disasters

The Bay of Bengal Community in times of Natural Disasters

  4th BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit is being held in Kathmandu on 30-31 August under the theme, ‘Towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable Bay of Bengal region.’  The summit is held at a time when the countries under the grouping, i.e., Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bhutan and Thailand are all[Read More…]

Kerala Flood Disaster: The Continuing Saga of Coastal States’ Insecurity

Kerala Flood Disaster: The Continuing Saga of Coastal States’ Insecurity

The flood disaster that struck the entire state of Kerala following the unprecedented monsoon has raised many questions of survival-in-crisis transcending the traditional paradigm of security. For many years, the coastal States of India—from Gujarat to West Bengal covering more than 7500 kilometers of coastline—have been facing several threats from the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean.[Read More…]

Why the Calamity in Kerala is a ‘National Disaster’?

Why the Calamity in Kerala is a ‘National Disaster’?

The south Indian State of Kerala has been going through a calamity of unimaginable proportions following the unexpected turn in monsoon rains which played havoc with the state’s life and livelihood. Floods and landslides were unprecedented. Displacement too witnessed massive rescue operations and relocation. Nearly a million people are directly affected. It may take several months and years to restore[Read More…]

Samir Amin: Intellectual-appropriate to the Global South

Samir Amin: Intellectual-appropriate to the Global South

With the demise of Samir Amin—an indispensable component of the new genre of the Radical Political Economy School of Marxism—the  Global South has lost an important intellectual prime mover of its history. A critique of the capitalist world-system/imperialism, the ultra-right regimes and reactionary forces across the world, Amin had talked and written about strategies of transforming the world through political[Read More…]

India’s Emerging Role in the Indo-Pacific: Rise of Sub-imperialism?

India’s Emerging Role in the Indo-Pacific: Rise of Sub-imperialism?

Is India sliding itself into the world capitalist centre as a ‘sub-imperialist’ country fulfilling the ‘responsibilities’ of the imperialist core? Going beyond the conventional Leninist conceptualisation, India, an emerging economy with a credo of neoliberal aspirations and militarism, appears to be exercising a particular form of imperialism over its partners in the Global South, by fulfilling the role of a[Read More…]

Pakistan: Poised for Challenging Political Innings with Imran’s ‘Naya’ Spin

Pakistan: Poised for Challenging Political Innings with Imran’s ‘Naya’ Spin

The state of Pakistan is now poised for a change, as predicted by many in the context of the General Elections held on 25 July. Though Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s victory is not decisive, there is a general feeling that given the lead in the race, PTI under the leadership of Imran Khan will form a government. The provinces will also[Read More…]

From the ‘Promised Land’ to the Land of Betrayals

From the ‘Promised Land’ to the Land of Betrayals

Israel—once Palestine, the holy land of three religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam—has been declared a mono-religious State with “Jewishness” and Hebrew as indispensible part of the cultural-state apparatus of the ultra-right Israeli regime. Having celebrated the 70th year of independence of the State of Israel, Knesset, the legislature of the state, passed the much-feared bill that officially declares Israel as[Read More…]

Shashi Tharoor and Limits to ‘Cultural Securitization’

Shashi Tharoor and Limits to ‘Cultural Securitization’

A reference to ‘Hindu Pakistan’ by Shashi Tharoor, in a speech, sparked off another controversy across the media and political circles. The BJP seized the occasion to launch a rabble-rousing diatribe against Tharoor and the Congress. According to Tharoor, “If they (BJP) are able to win a repeat of their current strength in the Lok Sabha, then frankly our democratic[Read More…]

The Quest for ‘Zone of Peace’ in the Himalayas – Nepal’s Critical Engagements with India and China

The Quest for ‘Zone of Peace’ in the Himalayas – Nepal’s Critical Engagements with India and China

The tiny Himalayan State Nepal continues to be economically vulnerable, primarily because of its geopolitical status as a land-locked country. This is the case with all land-locked countries across the world that do not have direct access to the seas.  As the UN Committee for Development Policy says, these countries’  “ability to competitively trade in goods largely depends on political[Read More…]

A Requiem For UGC

A Requiem For UGC

If the Modi Government’s first year of its rule was marked by the burial of an important institution of national importance—the Planning Commission of India—with the launching of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), its last year in office is likely to witness another interment of a Statutory body of national importance—the University Grants Commission (UGC)—with the notification[Read More…]

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An IR Scholar with Practical Wisdom – Prof K.R. Singh (1932-2018) Remembered  

There are not many International Relations (IR) scholars in India who can make a reasonable claim that their scholarship means many things for the foreign as well as the defence policy decision-makers in the country. K.R. Singh belonged to such a genre of scholarship embedded in a typical Aristotelian notion of Phronetic (practical wisdom) studies. Singh always sought to combine[Read More…]

Kashmir in a dense cauldron of uncertainty

Kashmir in a dense cauldron of uncertainty

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) politics has once again entered a cycle of uncertainty following BJP’s decision to pull out of the coalition with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) formed three years ago. It eventually led to the resignation of its chief minister Mehbooba Mufti whose decision to join hands with the BJP had, in fact, raised many eyebrows even at[Read More…]

Unlocking the “Prisoners’ Dilemma” in Korean Peninsula: Between the Rhetoric and Reality

Unlocking the “Prisoners’ Dilemma” in Korean Peninsula: Between the Rhetoric and Reality

The much-awaited Trump-Kim summit finally took place, but ended up in an uncertain platform of rhetoric and ‘great expectations.’ After weeks’ of shifting (and even provocative) statements and comments, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un came down to a ‘level playing’ diplomatic table in Singapore to break the impasse in the Korean Peninsula. Though the long-term pay-off of the summit could[Read More…]

India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

India, Iran and the strategic Implications of the US pull out from the JCPOA

The decision of the Trump administration to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—a major international agreement to address the Iranian nuclear programme—set in motion a wave of reactions across the world. President Trump terminated the US “participation in the JCPOA, as it failed to protect America’s national security interests.” He said that the JCPOA “enriched the[Read More…]

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The ‘Trump Card’ In Korean Peninsula In Times of Uneasy Peace

The ‘Trump Card’ In Korean Peninsula In Times of Uneasy Peace

The US President Donald Trump has done it again. He has withdrawn from his commitment to a planned summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on 12 June. Trump announced this amid reports of North Korea dismantling its nuclear facility in Punggye-ri on Thursday. Trump stated that he had come to this decision following “hostile” statements from[Read More…]

The Global South in ‘Northern-led’ Order/Disorder: Reading the Baku Declaration and the CHOGM 2018 Communiqué

The Global South in ‘Northern-led’ Order/Disorder: Reading the Baku Declaration and the CHOGM 2018 Communiqué

Two of the recent international documents concerning the future of the Global South should attract the attention of the foreign policy observers in India for several reasons.  One is the Baku Declaration of the 18th Mid-Term Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), held in Azerbaijan during 3-6 April 2018.  The other is the Communiqué of the Commonwealth Heads of[Read More…]

Syria in Disarray: Implications of Airstrikes

Syria in Disarray: Implications of Airstrikes

The airstrikes launched by the US, Britain and France in Damascus and nearby areas on Friday night have worsened the already volatile situation in Syria. The ‘precision’ strikes were purported to destroy Bashar Al Assad regime’s alleged chemical weapons capability. The Anglo-French-American attacks were in response to the “chemical weapons attack” in Syria’s Douma.  Curiously, the Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) team[Read More…]

Inequitable ‘ToR’ under the Fifteenth Finance Commission—Ominous Signals

Inequitable ‘ToR’ under the Fifteenth Finance Commission—Ominous Signals

  The Fifteenth Finance Commission’s (FFC) Terms of Reference (ToR) have generated a lot of criticism across a wide spectrum of thinking, especially among the South Indian states. The States which have already been affected with the winding up of the Planning Commission, as well as with the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, are up in[Read More…]

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Between The ‘Spiritual’ And Material’ Assemblage Of ‘Violence’ Reading/Viewing S Durga

Between The ‘Spiritual’ And Material’ Assemblage Of ‘Violence’ Reading/Viewing S Durga

If “the brain is the screen, as Deleuze would have us believe, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s third venture, S Durga “both expresses and induces thought, as images at once move us and move in us.” The brain/screen assemblage is, for Deleuze, an event of images in motion, which is to say both that we think in moving images and that moving[Read More…]

“A Critical Insider In Expat Journalism: VM Sathish Remembered”  

“A Critical Insider In Expat Journalism: VM Sathish Remembered”  

The unexpected demise of V.M. Sathish—a veteran Expat-journalist who spent a quarter century of reporting in the GCC countries—has left a deep vacuum in the domain of ‘human interest’ writings in the world of media. Sathish has a reputed track-record in Expat-journalism.  Beginning with the Indian Express  Group of newspapers in Mumbai, he held many positions over the next  two[Read More…]

Kerala’s Remittance Economy: Impending Crisis

Kerala’s Remittance Economy: Impending Crisis

The ‘insider-outsider’ problematic of diaspora gives every Malayali’s life a degree of tension and uncertainty today. For the six million remittance-dependent population of Kerala, no news from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries is comforting. Of late, the distress signals from countries like Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait etc are too many. So are their implications for Kerala. The major documents[Read More…]

Annihilation of ‘Freedom’: Beneath ‘Lotus and Bullets’

Annihilation of ‘Freedom’: Beneath ‘Lotus and Bullets’

  The scenario set in with the outrageous murder of Gauri Lankesh is fraught with unprecedented social costs and perilous political consequences. Gauri today is much more than a journalist for a country of 1.3 billion people. We are made to believe, through an orchestrated propaganda, that the system in place under the leadership of Narendra Modi is not responsible[Read More…]

A Master of ‘Critical Engagements’: John Abraham Remembered

A Master of ‘Critical Engagements’: John Abraham Remembered

  “The anger and the creativity are so closely intertwined with me, and there’s plenty of anger left,” says film maestro Ingmar Bergman. If there was so much anger and creativity intertwined with a person in Kerala’s film world, that  was none other than John Abraham, a master of  ‘Arts’ in every sense, whose  80th birth anniversary falls on 11[Read More…]

Razak Kottakkal

Razak Kottakkal: A Legend of ‘Light And Shadow’

Putting my “camera between the skin of a person and his shirt is the most difficult thing for me,” says Henri Cartier-Bresson, a renowned French humanist photographer. Cartier-Bresson was speaking of his predicament as a photographer while taking a portrait. Cartier-Bresson’s anxiety was apparently about reaching the subject/object as close as possible – an intellectually fascinating but a real time challenge[Read More…]

Tectonic Shift In ‘Congress System’: Debating ‘Leadership’ And Silence On Policy Regime

Tectonic Shift In ‘Congress System’: Debating ‘Leadership’ And Silence On Policy Regime

Way back in the 1960s and 1970s, noted political scientist Rajni Kothari used to characterise the Indian political system as essentially ‘Congress System’ with ‘one party’ exercising its ‘authoritative’ hegemony, depicting the Congress  as the “spokesman of the nation as well as its affirmed agent of criticism and change.”  Kothari even predicted that the Congress would likely to be the[Read More…]

“Muthanga, 19/2” – A Milestone In Land Struggles In Kerala  

“Muthanga, 19/2” – A Milestone In Land Struggles In Kerala  

  Muthanga struggle was a milestone in the Adivasi land struggles in Kerala. Fourteen years have passed since ‘Muthanga’ became a lesson for people’s movements in Kerala. Today, the Adivasi land movement initiated under the Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha (AGMS) is split between two factions, with C.K. Janu, the iconic leader of the Muthanga struggle in the 1990s joining hands[Read More…]

“Ezra” – A Reincarnation Of ‘Dybbuk’ Movies From The West

“Ezra” – A Reincarnation Of ‘Dybbuk’ Movies From The West

Our ‘sensibility’ is not surely an objective-aesthetic experience in terms of understanding, appreciating and even critiquing any art, literature, film etc. But it sometimes demands some ‘common’ sense in, at least, viewing a film. Exorcism is no novel experience in the history of world films. Like stories interwoven around myths and fantasies, devils and evil spirits continue to be a[Read More…]

Enough Is ‘Not’ Enough: Is Kerala Poised For Social Darwinism?  

Enough Is ‘Not’ Enough: Is Kerala Poised For Social Darwinism?  

The row over the appointment of Harvard Professor,  Gita Gopinath, as Economic Advisor to the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, has thrown open an ideological foray within the left camp. The veteran leader V S Achuthanandan had written to the CPI (M) central leadership expressing his concern over her appointment. In his letter to[Read More…]

Still Across The ‘Line of Control’ And The ‘Unfinished Innings’ in Kashmir

Still Across The ‘Line of Control’ And The ‘Unfinished Innings’ in Kashmir

  Several days have gone by since the BJP President Amit Shah blew up a political bombshell on Kashmir. While speaking at a function in the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) in New Delhi, Shah accused Jawaharlal Nehru of having committed a ‘historic blunder’ on Kashmir.  Referring to the declaration of ‘ceasefire’ when the Pakistan-backed tribal raiders in 1948[Read More…]

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Social Facts In An ‘Off-Day Game”

Social Facts In An ‘Off-Day Game”

It is more often a rare experience to be a part of a ‘critical insider’ while being with a movie. Politics is also very rarely seen in the ‘foreground’ in the ‘making’ of a movie – the most widely visible practice is to place it in the ‘background.’ What politically goes in between these spaces (background and foreground) is also[Read More…]

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